In a Lyon school, a heating failure causes a radical drop in temperatures in the classrooms. While many children have already fallen ill, parents are outraged.
While winter is not yet over, a school still welcomes its young students without turning on the heating. The Alphonse Daudet establishment, located in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, is faced with a faulty boiler which has still not been repaired.
On a daily basis, teachers record the temperature in the classrooms, where it would be between 13°C and 16°C.
Disorders and illnesses reported in children
This situation has lasted since November 2023 and has gradually been brought to the attention of parents. “I would have liked to know that sooner,” says Marie-Camille, mother of a nursery school student, somewhat annoyed. Her daughter had a hard time getting through the winter.
“She had a bit of a collection of colds and she had trouble keeping warm, but as we didn’t suspect it, we put it down to winter and low temperatures,” she adds.
Other children reported the same health problems. Various problems have also been noticed by school staff.
“Many children urinate on themselves, because when the body is cold, it automatically releases everything,” explains Lilia, president of the parents’ association. “We are not being heard. We are abandoned and families are generally fed up,” she adds.
The dilapidation of the school called into question
Management would have alerted the Lyon town hall on several occasions, but the defective boiler would still not have been replaced. Stéphanie Léger, deputy mayor responsible for education, explains that radiators were delivered to the establishment “to temporarily allow a fairly suitable temperature in the classes and in the school while waiting to find the solution with Grand Lyon Habitat”, which provides heating in the neighborhood.
These provisions are not enough for parents who also denounce the dilapidation of the school. Built in 1971, it was located in the heart ofa thermal renovation project at the beginning of 2023. Pointed out for its dilapidation by many parents, the establishment would also be described by one mother as a “thermal sieve”.
Updated 2:06 p.m. on 02/08: convectors have been installed in the rooms. It is now 19°C. “You have to rouse journalists and make noise (to get things moving) and that’s not normal,” regrets a parent of a student interviewed by BFM Lyon.